Bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order to deliver 48 zero emission vehicles for Stagecoach in London.
The double deck Electroliners will be ready by the end of the year and will be manufactured at Wrightbus’s headquarters in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, supporting hundreds of new high-skilled jobs.
It comes on the back of a string of new orders, including a £25.3 million contract to supply 117 battery-electric vehicles for First Bus across the UK.
The StreetDeck Electroliner BEV has a 454kW zero-emission battery electric power train, a range of up to 200 miles and a fast charge time of 2.5 hours.
Alongside the Electroliner, Wrightbus produces its hydrogen double decker, the StreetDeck Hydroliner.
Ian Gillott, Managing Director (Parts and Services) at Wrightbus, said: “It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Stagecoach to deliver this exciting deal.
“It strengthens the reputation we have forged in the zero emission transport sector and will help play an important part in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.”
Sam Greer, Engineering Director for Stagecoach, said: “The investment we are making in zero emission vehicles will support our strategy to having a zero emission bus fleet across all our operations by 2035.”
Louise Cheeseman, Transport for London’s Director of Buses, said: “By bringing these new electric buses to London, Stagecoach and Wrightbus are bringing us closer to making our fleet, already one of the largest in Europe, fully zero emission.”
Wrightbus has also announced that it has appointed Jean-Marc Gales as its new Chief Executive Officer.